On Friday – December 15th, four of us went to Salford Quays, to attend Lightwaves, on Salford Quays, hosted by Quays Culture.
We were able to meet with the Creative Director, Lucy Dusgate, and talk to her about this years show. (Image by Keith Balcombe)
We discussed the latest commission “I forgot to say”……
International novelist, University of Salford Chancellor and Scotland’s national poet, Jackie Kay has produced a brand new, large-scale commission neon word sign, which spans 15 metres in length across the Plaza outside The Lowry. Jackie Kay was invited to choose a sentence that for her sums up this year. The neon (LED) word art spells out ‘I Forgot To Say,’ with the latter, ‘To Say’, illuminating and increasing in intensity and colour when audiences leave their messages..….. In response to the messages left, Jackie Kay will produce a brand new poem in early 2018.
You can find information about this poem by clicking HERE
Planning for these events, starts at least 18 months in advance, and the build can take up to six months. The exhibits have to be weather proof, and be able to withstand winds up to 45mph, as it can be pretty windy on the Quays.
Lucy, who works part time for Quays Culture, has a lot of support from both full, and part time staff – one of whom deals just with all the administration.
We asked Lucy about the selection of artists to display their work on the Quays. She explained that she keeps an eye on the artistic processes, and when she sees work that she thinks will fit, she will approach the artist directly. She is also aware of upcoming emerging UK talent, and will encourage those to apply to have their work displayed.
This year, the Danish artist Tom Dekyzere is displaying some of his work. You can find more information about Tom by clicking HERE
His installation on the Quays, a dynamic waterside sculpture will translate soundwaves from beneath the River Irwell into lightwaves.
Tom Dekyvere explores the deeper layers of reality and mind. Just as the alchemists of former times probing for unexpected connections, in search of the boundaries between nature and technology, between man and robot, between dead and living matter.
With over 400,000 people attending the Quays last winter – Lucy hopes that this will be exceeded this year.
The other section of the display is entitled “Humans Being Digital”, an exhibition which ends in February 2018. Thom Kubli brings his piece Black Hole Horizon – which illustrates sound in the form of bubbles.
This is what Thom’s website has to say about the installation
“What kind of relations exists between oscillating air, black holes and soap bubbles? What effect does the sound of horns have on the human psyche and why is it present in various creation myths? What impact does gravity have on our collective consciousness? Where do spectacle and contemplation meet?
The installation Black Hole Horizon is a cosmological experimental setup, a meditation about a spectacular machine that transforms sound into three-dimensional objects and that keeps the space in steady transformation.
The nucleus of Black Hole Horizon is the development of an instrument that is operated by compressed air and that resembles a ship’s horn. With the sounding of each tone, a huge soap bubble emerges from the horn. It grows while the tone sounds, peels off the horn, lingers through the exhibition space and finally bursts at an erratic position within the room.”
Heart, Brain and Lungs by Pascal Haudressy are screen-based pieces that encourage you to think about your own bodies…
Finally, Nye Thompson uses CCTV footage to create a curious environment that asks questions about technology and privacy, contributing a sense of anxiety to an exhibition of many emotions.
humansbeingdigital artists: U_Joo and Limhee Young; Max Dovey; Thom Kubli; Nye Thompson; Thomson and Craighead; Mary Maggic; Mango Chijo Tree and The Jayder; Pascal Haudressy; Libby Heaney and Felix Luque Sanchez.
If you get a chance to visit, entry is free.
Lightwaves ends on December 17th, and Humans Being Digital Ends February 2018.